The process will help produce fuel cell grade hydrogen at an affordable price and accelerate IndianOil’s journey towards a sustainable hydrogen economy.
New Delhi : Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, today announced it has signed a pact with Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore to develop hydrogen generation technology based on biomass gasification.
“The process will help produce fuel cell grade hydrogen at an affordable price and accelerate IndianOil’s journey towards a sustainable hydrogen economy,” the company said in a statement. IOC Chairman S M Vaidya said Hydrogen will emerge as the ultimate solution for a sustainable energy future.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), IOC and IISc will jointly work for the optimization of both biomass gasification and hydrogen purification processes. The technology will be scaled-up and demonstrated at IndianOil’s R&D Centre at Faridabad.
The Hydrogen generated from the plant will be used in fuel cell buses. The company said this was another move to bring Hydrogen fuel into India’s mainstream energy matrix while utilizing the agrarian strengths of the country. IOC had recently launched the trial of 50 Hydrogen CNG-fueled buses in Delhi.
Hydrogen-based fuel cell technology is seen as a sustainable green mobility solution. Fuel cell electric vehicles are powered by hydrogen and only emit pure water as tailpipe emissions.